Distance to go:
Ben and Tarka will cover 1800 miles starting from Scott's Terra Nova Hut at the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back to the coast again. That's equivalent to 69 back-to-back marathons hauling up to 200kg each (the weight of roughly two adult men) of kit and supplies necessary to survive.
Distances here are shown in statute miles.
The First Month in Antarctica (Video)
Step into Ben and Tarka's shoes through these two short videos filmed by them in Antarctica.
The top video is a compilation of clips that have been sent back over the last four weeks providing a snapshot into the first month on the ice.
The bottom video captures the moment, on Day 17 when the clouds parted following several days of poor weather to reveal a parhelion. In Ben's own words:
"The one redeeming bit of natural splendour came at midday our time (actually midnight here) when the sun is due south and we ski almost straight towards it. As Tarka took the lead, the clouds parted for thirty minutes and we were treated to a parhelion, or sun dog, a circule of light around the sun caused by ice crystals in the air refracting the sun's rays." Read on...